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Military style knapsacks OK?

Are military style ( tan color, Mille straps, etc) ok to use while touring France and England?

Posted by
10506 posts

You mean as your main luggage or a day bag?

As a day bag it may be larger than museums etc permit and may require it be checked.

Posted by
8197 posts

Sure. There are plenty of French and English military and ex-military people out and about, and surplus gear sold everywhere. I wouldn't hang anything suspicious on the molle straps, however.

Posted by
404 posts

Shouldn't be an issue.
Keep the morale patches to a minimum.
Just make sure you comply with weight and dimensions allowed by the airlines and museums.

Posted by
690 posts

Just bear in mind - the more pockets your pack has, the longer you will spend in security while they search them all.

Posted by
12154 posts

My thought was essentially the same as Simon's. When you visit a museum, you get in much faster carrying nothing. If you can't live with nothing, a very small bag with only one opening is nearly as fast. Some places will let you in with a bag after it's inspected, many others require you to check your bag or stow it in a locker.

I have photos of myself alone with the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. I had intended to skip it because I prefer avoiding crowds. I was in line early, museum pass in hand and no bags. I was first in the pass line and was waived through security so found myself literally the only patron in the Louvre for maybe five minutes. The next couple had pre-purchased tickets online but carried several bags. The first people who needed to get tickets were at least ten minutes behind. I made a bee-line for the Mona Lisa and arrived well before any crowd could form. When the couple caught up, we traded taking photos of each other.